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Illinois: Industrial Hemp May Become State's Newest Cash Crop
Author: restore 15/06/2017 - 21:00:00

Illinois farmers may soon be able to add hemp to their rotation 

By Michael Bachara 
Hemp News 

SB 1294, an industrial hemp bill sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, which passed unanimously in the Illinois Senate, would allow the Illinois Department of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp. 

The bill, initiated by The Illinois Stewardship Alliance and Illinois Farmers Union, is a collaboration with the Illinois Environmental Council and Illinois Farm Bureau in an attempt to restore hemp in Illinois. The legislation would amend the Illinois Noxious Weed Law to allow farmers to grow hemp to be processed and sold for its fiber, seeds, and oil.

Rebecca Osland, a policy associate at the Illinois Stewardship Alliance believes cultivating hemp would benefit farmers. “From a farming side of things, it would allow our farmers to have another crop for rotation, and hemp is a much less chemically intensive crop,” Osland told the Edwardsville Intelligencer. “It has the potential to remediate the soil by drawing out toxins. It’s also a good option for farmers who transition to organic to help get the soil prepared for that conversion.”

“From our perspective, it provides an additional crop opportunity for our farmers and a market for a new crop that they would have an opportunity to grow,” said Bill Bodine, Associate Director of State Legislation for the Illinois Farm Bureau.

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Original article from crrh.org:Illinois: Industrial Hemp May Become State's Newest Cash Crop



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